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WHS Principal Wins on Jeopardy!

During a watch night party at Columbia Country Club, Dr. Cheryl Guy, Principal of Westwood High School, stands next to a big screen showing Jeopardy host Alex Trebek congratulating her on her big win on the show Friday night. (Photo/Barbara Ball)

During a watch night party at Columbia Country Club, Dr. Cheryl Guy, Principal of Westwood High School, stands next to a big screen showing Jeopardy host Alex Trebek congratulating her on her big win on the show Friday night. (Photo/Barbara Ball)

BLYTHEWOOD (Jan. 19, 2017) – Westwood High School principal Cheryl Guy, who won $20,600 on Jeopardy Thursday night, was the star of a watch party at Columbia Country Club as she and more than 100 friends, family and colleagues gathered to have dinner and watch the show on a big screen in the Club’s ballroom.

Because Guy had been prohibited by the show’s rules from revealing any information about the outcome of her participation on the show, which was taped several months ago, the suspense in the audience was palpable as the first round ended for a commercial break with Guy having the correct question for only one answer and the lowest score. But as the half-hour show resumed, Guy picked up steam and winnings.

For the final Jeopardy question, Guy bet big – $10,000 of her $10,600. Trebek read the answer: “Unlike newer Bibles, the King James version usually translates pneuma hagion as this, which can lead to unnerving images.”

As the familiar musical clocked ticked, Guy wrote, “What is Holy Ghost?” Trebek pronounced Guy the winner, and the audience in the ballroom shot to their feet with cheers and clapping. For Guy, it was like winning all over again.

While she came back on Friday night for another try at the jackpot, it wasn’t to be. Still, she said she was thrilled with her visit to the show, which was the culmination of 30 years of planning.

“I always wanted to be on Jeopardy,” Guy told the audience before the broadcast, “and I auditioned several times but was never chosen. It was a goal I wanted to achieve,” she said, happily, “and I did. I had a dream and I never stopped working toward it.”